Newsletter May 23 2016

Newsletter 23.5.16

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Classroom Organisation 2016 

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 17.55.09Dear families,

I am delighted to share with you the classroom organisation for classes for September. We have a very exciting year ahead of us as we bring in new staff and continue to strive forward to give your children an outstanding education.  In terms of Leadership, I will be leading Bank End this year and continuing to support Hunningley for one day per week. Miss Barker will continue to grow into her role as Head of School and strongly lead on Safeguarding and Inclusion. I am sure we will all miss Lauren Johnstone as she starts her very precious maternity leave but she will be back with us in the New Year probably after Christmas. We are also saying goodbye to Rachel Jones, Mike Rooke and Helen Hogg. I personally want to wish them all well and good luck in their next positions.

For our children we are dividing the school into three phases. Due to the changing curriculum, we feel the classes will work better together as follows:

Phase 1 is the Transition Phase and this includes Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The Head of this phase will be Lisa Gagen.

Phase 2 is the Middle Phase and this includes Year 2 and Year 3 and the Head of this phase will be Claire Ward.

Phase 3 is the Upper Phase and this includes Y4/Y5 and Y6 and the Head of this phase will be Kathy Smith.

Classes will be taught as follows:

  • Nursery-Kerry Ollivant
  • Reception-Tracey Newton (new)
  • Year 1-Lisa Gagen
  • Year 2-Claire Ward
  • Year 3- Rebecca Dever and Robert Glover (new trainee teacher)
  • Year 4- Anna Barron (new) and Matt Wood (trainee teacher)
  • Year 5- Dan Cooper
  • Year 6-Kathy Smith

Should you wish to discuss anything with me don’t hesitate to make an appointment through the school office.

Many thanks for your continued support!

Nic Thorpe-Executive Headteacher

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Summer Holiday Clubs 2016

School Closes on Tuesday 19th July 2016 and re-opens on Thursday 8th September 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 09.19.37This summer we are planning to run a number of clubs over the summer holidays to provide children in KS1 and KS2 some good activities and learning opportunities. We particularly want to support our working families with some additional childcare support as the holidays can be hard to manage.

The following clubs will take place on the following dates:

  1. Holiday Camp-Wednesday 20th/Thursday 21st/Friday 22nd 8am-3pm £5 per day

In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days.

  1. Sports Camp-Monday 1st/Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd/Thursday 4th/Friday 5th 8am-3pm £5 per day. This club is based all around sporting activities and skills learnt. Children must attend all 5 days to be awarded a sports certificate at a ceremony on the Friday.
  2. Holiday Camp– Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th/Wednesday 17th/Thursday 18th/Friday 19th August  8am-3pm £5 per day. In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
  3. Holiday Camp-Monday 5th /Tuesday 6th /Wednesday 7th September 2016. 8am-3pm £5 per day

In this club children will have a number of sporting activities, learn about being healthy, use IPads and computers and have arts and crafts lessons. Can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days.

All clubs will require children to bring packed lunched and a water bottle. Fruit and drinks will be provided throughout all clubs as required.

So that I can staff these weeks, I need to know the numbers of children we will have in the school on each of the dates. Please click, print and fill in the slip below and return to school asap.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe

Executive Headteacher

Holiday Club Summer 2016

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Reading and Writing Workshop

This week we held a reading and writing workshop for reception parents. Firstly, we explored the importance of phonics in reading and writing. We looked at everything children need to know in connection to letters such as letter name, sound, formation, uppercase and lowercase. We then covered a range of strategies used in school to support children in developing their reading and writing skills. We looked at how the strategies prepare children for year one and how it links to the end of reception year expectations in the early learning goals. Finally, the children joined us to try out a range of reading and writing activities with their parents and grandparents.

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Y1 Assembly and Workshop

Over the last couple of weeks, the children in Year 1 have been working extremely hard to create a short assembly for parents to watch. During the assembly, the children spoke about facts they had learned during the topic and also whilst on our school trip at The Deep. At the end of the assembly, the children performed their dance to ‘Under the Sea’ which they choreographed themselves as a team. The children also thought of some activities for their families to join in with including; paint, craft and clay and also made some tasty treats to sell to raise some money for our topics next half term. I’m sure everyone will agree how hard the children have worked over the last couple of weeks to make this morning a success and that they were absolutely amazing! Thank you very much to all families that joined us, we have raised a fantastic £42.35! 

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Year 6 Reporters

Over the past two weeks, Year 6 have taken a different approach to their writing. Using the iPads and Apple TV the children have created newspaper reports and narrative pieces using an app called Evernote. The children have enjoyed this new approach to writing and have produced high-quality pieces of work that they have added to their writing portfolios.

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This week we read the story ‘The Teddy Bears Picnic’.

We discussed what food we would like if we went on a picnic and recorded our ideas independently in the form of a shopping list. We then made our own jam sandwiches. We talked about the importance of washing our hands and keeping them clean before starting. We used knifes safety to scoop, spread and cut. Throughout the week we focused our literacy on writing instructions for making a jam sandwich and started to think about using words such as first, next, then and finally to order the instructions.

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A little post-test artistry!

Over the last week, year three have been undertaking their progress tests in reading, grammar punctuation and spelling, maths and writing. The children have worked incredibly hard and with a real sense of purpose and determination. As we reached the end of the tests and as we have tried so hard with our times tables, the children chose to do some water colour art as a reward. Here they are sketching out and painting illustrations from ‘Stone Age Boy’ a story that we have been reading over the last few weeks.

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The Growing cycle

image1This week the nursery children have enjoyed the story of Jasper’s Beanstalk. Jasper sent a letter asking the children to help him to learn how to grow his seeds. We wrote Jasper some instructions to help him remember the things a seed needs to help it to grow.
We all had a turn at planting our own bean to try and grow our own beanstalk, we must remember to water them!

On Thursday we earned more jewels in our jar because we all tried very hard using our estimation skills to guess how big our own beanstalks would grow. We used our creative skills to make our own beanstalks out of bricks and tubes. We even made one that was taller than Miss. Ollivant!

In literacy time this week we have learnt the new jolly phonics song for the letter sound ‘j’ , we looked around to find things beginning with j and had a try at forming our letter independently.



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Annual SEN and Disability Information Day

SEND Open Day

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The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations…

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.58.50Dear Parents and Carers

The School Council has decided they would like to do something in school to mark the Queen’s special birthday this year. This will be a celebration lunch and will take place on Friday 10th June 2016. The menu for this is included on the back of the letter sent home for your own and your children’s information.

All children who are entitled to Free School Meals will automatically be able to have the special lunch. Please note there will not be an alternative meal on that day. If you pay for School Lunches your child can just order and pay for this as they normally would.

On this day (Friday 10th June) The Bank End Family Centre (formally Sunny Bank Children’s Centre) will be having an Open Day also, to  celebrate the Queen’s special Birthday. The Centre will be providing a range of things for you and your children to do including Afternoon Tea, Fun and Games! You will also be able to see some of the things the Centre has on offer for families. This will run until 4:00pm so why not go take a look after school.

If you have any questions regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Kind Regards

Miss D Barker

Head of School


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Barnsley Family Information Services

The above link will take you to our local Family Information Service. A really useful Service that can provide information and further links to advice and support for a range of aspects including Child Care, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Things to Do and Jobs or Training.

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For families with children younger than school age who want family groups, please queue by the main entrance from 8:30. For family groups of school age, we will organise them during the school day!


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Practice like you’ve never won, Perform like you’ve never lost!


This morning, the KS2 Bank End Choir performed alongside the KS1 Ballet Club for the rest of the school and their families.  I think it’s safe to say that everybody there was absolutely blown away by how hard they have all worked in preparation for this performance; the singing was outstanding and the dancing was beautiful!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their kind words as I leave Bank End for 8 months to have a baby.  I will miss everybody so much and already look forward to coming back in 2017 to be blown away by the progress that our amazing children will have continued to make.   

Mrs Johnstone.


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Mad about Maths and Pizza

This week, in reception, we have been perfecting our skills of addition. We have enjoyed a range of activities which have required us to practise and apply addition in a range of ways in many different contexts. We have been using numicon to explore making 10 in different ways as well as  to create our own calculations. We have been using pebbles, blocks and our fingers to find the answer to number sentences as well as learning how to count on. Some of us have even been practising using numicon and coins to make different amounts.

On Monday we read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza’ and loved making and eating our own pizzas. We used a range of techniques such as squeezing, spreading, sprinkling and cutting and developed understanding of how the ingredients change while cooking. We used this experience in our literacy throughout the week by writing instructions.

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Maths is Fun!

This week in the children in Year 2 had lots of fun investigating different units of measure in maths. They were busy working in our bank End Aquarium weighing and measuring the different types of fish and sea creatures. They were also outside checking that the water levels were right using the measuring cylinders. They were surprised to see that their times tables came in handy helping them to read the different scales.

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